However, being the first and only baseball team in the world to align itself with the Paris Climate Agreement is definitely one way to pique the interest of a sport neutral who also loves the planet. The New York Yankees signed onto the United Nation’s Sports for Climate Action Framework Wednesday, finally adding some U.S. representation among the international signatories, which include FIFA and the International Olympic Committee.
“With their rich winning tradition, the Yankees bring a new level of leadership to global efforts to tackle climate change,”said United Nations Secretary-General and evident Yankees stan António Guterres in a statement. “When it comes to safeguarding our future, it’s time to play ball,” Guterres, who apparently likes bad puns in addition to hated sports teams, continued.
The U.N. announced the initiative back in December 2018 with the goal of uniting sports teams, organizations, their athletes, and fans to take action to meet the greenhouse gas reduction goals of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius. The framework ultimately calls for the “net-zero emission economy of 2050” laid out in the Paris Agreement.
The world of sports can make this happen by committing to a set of five principles, including making systemic changes to improve environmental responsibility, reduce overall climate impact, education, promoting sustainable consumption, and advocating. In short, the U.N. wants sports organizations to bake sustainable policies into their business plans by measuring their greenhouse gas emissions, setting forth plans on how to reduce them, and helping teach their fans about climate change and how to be a better steward. Half of Americans are sports fans, per Gallup, so the U.N. may be onto something.
But that’s not the only reason to target the world of athletes. The sports industry has a history of treating our planet the same way LeBron James treats his basketball: very roughly.
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